Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf Off to Italy

Wednesday, 29th August 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has left the country for Italy on a working visit. While in Italy, the President will hold bilateral talks with Italian government officials including that countryís Prime Minister Romano Prodi and President Giorgio Napolitano.

An Executive Mansion release says President Sirleaf will also participate in a conference in Turin, Italy, hosted by the United Nations Institute for Training & Research (UNITAR). The Agency is committed to supporting programs that will have a sustainable impact. UNITAR operates under the principle that only carefully designed and implemented training programmes can make a lasting contribution to national development.

The President, along with United Nations Secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon and other Senior UN officials, will among other issues, discuss the future of the World Body. The Liberian President will also use the occasion to hold discussions with the UN Secretary-general on matters relating United Nations operations in Liberia and government efforts toward national development.

The Presidentís delegation to Italy includes Margibi County Senator Clarice Jah, Nimba County Representative Evans Koah, and Liberiaís Ambassador to France, McKinley Thomas as well as Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Edward Dunn.

During President Johnson Sirleafís absence from the country, Commerce Minister-designate, Cllr. Frances Johnson Morris will steer the Affairs of State as Chairman of the Cabinet, in consultation with Vice President, Dr. Joseph Boakai,

The Liberian leader and delegation return to the country on Sunday.